Today has been quite a psychotic day in Egypt. First of all, today was the sentencing of the 49 people who got arrested during the Mahalla riots, 22 of which were sentenced to jail time between 3 and 5 years. There was literally no evidence against them, and the decisions can not be appealed. It was an abortion of Justice, and all in order to set an example to other egyptians: You can't tear down Mubarak pictures and stand on them and expect to get away with it.
And there is today's incident in Alex, which was very very Bizzare. In Egypt we have those motorcycles- vehicles that can seat 3 people in the back, and are called the "Toktok", and are used to transport people around. They are a cheap alternative to taxis and they are not allowed to be registered in most govornrates, but are generally tolerated. Well, a police Officer stopped a Toktok today and wanted to confiscate it. When the Driver's pleadings fell to deaf ear, the driver decidded to resport to drastic measure: He got out a bottle of fuel, and doused himself and his motorcycle with it, threatening to set himself and the vehicle on fire if it got confiscated, since it's the one piece of property he has. The Police officer reportedly told him to go ahead and and the man actually did it and set himself on fire, and was then sent to the Hospital for severe burns. Apparently the man's relatives and friends heard about it, but in the version they heard, the driver was actually set on fire by a cigarette the police officer flicked on him in his gasoline soaked state, so they went and attacked the police, throwing them with stones and empty bottles. The riot police was brought in and 15 people were arrested.
The country is going to hell in a hand basket, it seems!